There is great fishing in the South River; you may want to look at some of the posts on the SRRKC message board for lures and techniques used on the Severn which would also work well on the South R:hey yall, I live on church creek on the south river..(just above the rt2 bridge.) anyone ever fished for perch or pickerel? I have a little john boat and was going to try it. any thoughts?
I do agree some days can be slow. However, I have not yet skunked on perch between the 2nd week of June through whenever the river stripers show up (Sep 3, 2015 for me). This is for the Severn. Perch do travel with the tides/currents. I do find deeper structure perch to be more consistent (10ft+). Live bait is more effective to catch but lures will help with size control.eh....I'm not so sure this is true. I spent a decent amount of time fishing for perch last year and it was very spotty. I did find a couple of places that seemed more reliable than others. There are always a few around starting in the middle of june, but if your looking for rapid fire perch, you need to hunt around a bit.
I caught a few pickerel this weekend fishing off a local pier, I fished for maybe 1-1.5 hrs total. They are there.
That's a relief!!! I never had to work for perch before. I had fished the South a number of times in the past, but I recently moved into a neighborhood with water access. I was surprised this past summer that more perch were not around.I assumed you were talking this time of the year. I have lived on the South River for over 40 yrs. I'll be more then happy to take you on my boat when things start happening on the river. However I only fish during the week. No weekends. I'll show you the spots I've found over the years that can be reliable.
Last year the perch bite was not to good. This was not the norm. Hopefully this year will improve.
I fished three times during the past two weeks for pickerel in Seven tributaries. On two of the trips I caught absolutely nothing. On the third trip I caught 23 pickerel in two hours. Just because you have a poor outing one day does not mean the fish are not there. They are getting ready for spawning now and may have more irregular feeding patterns. Also with cold overnight air temps, check both the shallow edges (the normal habitat for Severn pickerel) and the intermediate depths (4-6 ft). Yesterday I cast live minnows to fishy looking shorelines and mid-depths that held pickerel earlier in the winter. For 2.5 hours I had one tentative bite, one follow, and no caught fish.J. A. Veil is the Severn pickerel expert. All I can tell you with pickerel is that they are far easier to find than to land! If I get 4 pickerel follows, I might get 2 bumps, 1 hook-up, and none landed.